Jo Ann Emerson

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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Jo Ann Emerson has been a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Eighth Congressional District of Missouri, since 1997.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 60 - 3/5 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 50 - 10/20 65 - 13/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 85 - 17/20 not avail.

Iraq War

Emerson voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

On April 25, 2007, Rep. Emerson voted "present" on the conference bill of the Iraq supplemental spending measure, which included a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq. She earlier voted "no" against the original House version of the bill.

Main article: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007 (H.R.1591)

In early May 2007, Rep. Davis attended a meeting, organized by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), between several moderate Republicans in the House and President Bush to express their concerns over the War in Iraq. The group warned the President that his pursuit of the war in Iraq was risking the future of the Republican Party, and that he could not count on Republican support for much longer. Despite their concerns, each of the members promised to oppose the short-term funding measure for the War that was being considered in the House.

Main article: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (H.R.2206)
For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Stem Cell Research

On May 24, 2005, Emerson was one of 50 Republicans to vote in favor of overturning President Bush's ban on federal funding for stem cell research. She cast her Yea vote the day after her mother-in-law passed away from Alzheimer's Disease, one of the illnesses for which scientists believe stem cell research can create better treatments.[2]

Support for anti-hunger programs

Rep. Emerson introduced the Feeding America's Families Act of 2007 (H.R.2129) on May 3, 2007. The Act would significantly increase funding for federal anti-hunger programs.

Food stamp challenge

On May 21, 2007, Rep. Emerson and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) issued and participated in the Congressional Food Stamp Challenge, a program which would have public officials eat on $21 a week, reflecting the average national weekly food stamp benefit.[3]

Main article: Feeding America’s Families Act


Emerson was born September 16, 1950 in Bethesda, Maryland. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and married then-lobbyist and future congressman Bill Emerson in 1975. Bill was elected to Congress in 1980 and died of cancer on June 22, 1996.

Congressional career

Jo Ann decided to run for the House of Representatives after Bill's death, but Missouri state law prohibited her from filing to run in the Republican primary. In November, Emerson ran in two elections on the same day. She ran as an independent against Democrat Emily Firebaugh and Republican Richard Kline in the general election, and as a Republican against Firebaugh in the special election to finish the last two months of her late husband's term. She won both elections, and she has been reelected since without serious difficulty.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Veronica J. Hambacke to face Emerson in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Emerson retained her seat.

2008 Missouri gubernatorial election

One week after Missouri governor Matt Blunt declared that he would not seek a second term, Emerson officially announced that she would not join the Republican race for governor.[4]

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
National Assn of Postmasters$ 4,500
Missouri Farm Bureau/SE Dist$ 2,500
United States Cuba Now PAC$ 500
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Jo Ann Emerson
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture Rural Development Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Jo Ann Emerson. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2230 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4404 Fax: 202-226-0326
    Webform email
District offices
  • The Federal Building, 339 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
    Ph: 573-335-0101 Fax: (none entered)
  • 22 East Columbia Street, Farmington, MO 63640
    Ph: 573-756-9755 Fax: (none entered)
  • 612 Pine, Rolla, MO 65401-3136
    Ph: 573-364-2455 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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Articles and Resources

See also


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Matthew Davis, "Emotive power of US stem cell debate," BBC News, May 25, 2007.
  3. Jim McGovern, "Speech on the food stamp challenge," Congressional Food Stamp Challenge, May 21, 2007.
  4. Rudi Keller, "Emerson won't join race for governor",The Southeast Missourian, retrieved January 29, 2008.

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